Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Turkey goes rogue! Will deploy S-400 anti-air system....its a done deal!

via Defense News.
A top government official in Ankara has said the deployment of a long-range air and anti-missile defense system that Turkey plans to acquire from Russia will be deployed in the country in 2019.

Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said the Turkish contract with Russia for a single S-400 involves an option for the purchase of a second.

“This contract has been signed and a down payment has been made. It’s a done deal,” Canikli said.
Story here.

Well ain't that something?

I have nothing against the Turkish people.  I'm a fan of several Turk defense corporations (especially FNSS).  But that batshit crazy President they have (I guess some would say we have that in common) is a different story.

This though.

Forget defying the US.  They didn't have to buy the Patriot and there were several other credible and capable NATO compatible systems they could have bought.

They defied NATO.

They just spit in the eye of the EU and basically said we don't want anything to do with your Union.

How do we classify Turkey now?  They can no longer be considered NATO compliant.  They have actively worked against European security.  They have (as have we) played huge games in the fight against ISIS.

Are they friend or foe or something else entirely?

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